The Santa Fe County government’s insurance company, One Beacon, will pay $750,000 in legal fees to the O Centro Espirita Beneficente União do Vegetal (UDV) church under terms of an agreement approved Tuesday that settles a land-use dispute.
The conflict arose last year after the county denied a request by the Santa Fe branch of UDV — a Christian-based religion with origins in Brazil — to build a temple in Arroyo Hondo south of the city. Area residents opposed the project, citing concerns over traffic, water use and the group’s practice of using a hallucinogenic tea as its sacrament.
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